Several bills that would have restricted drivers who talk or text message on their cell phones appear to be headed toward a dead end in the Florida Legislature.
The bills would have banned drivers from sending text messages and required them to use a handsfree device while talking on their cell phone. There were also bills that would have made it illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone or for drivers under age 18 to use them.
None of the bills is expected to pass as the Legislature is focused on the budget with Friday’s deadline to end the session.
Proponents pointed to several fatal accidents linked to cell phone usage in an attempt to push the bills. Six states ban the use of hand-held cell phones behind the wheel. Text messaging while driving is banned in 10 states.